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Brain dead man’s kin stop organ donation after Mumbai police tell them he’s alive

Mumbai city news: This is not the first time where ignorance pertaining to organ donation on the part of police has delayed the process which can save lives, said hospital authorities

mumbai Updated: Jul 20, 2017 09:31 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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On Wednesday morning, the man was shifted to Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai, where the doctors declared him brain-dead.(Representational photo )

The Nerul police on Tuesday allegedly averted a cadaver donation, which could have saved lives of four end-stage organ failure patients, after they failed to provide proper guidance to the donor’s parents.

A 19-year-old man from Sangli, who worked as a newspaper vendor, met with a bus accident in Nerul on Tuesday after which he was taken to DY Patil Hospital. He was shifted to another hospital in the same locality. On Wednesday morning, he was shifted to Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai, where the doctors declared him brain-dead.

While his parents initially gave their consent to donate their son’s organs, they later withdrew it after being mislead by the police officials, said a hospital staff. The hospital authorities had accompanied the parents to the Nerul police station at 6:30pm on Wednesday to secure a no-objection certificate (NOC) for cadaver donation, as it was a medico-legal case.

“Not only did the police refused to issue the NOC, they even mislead the boy’s parent’s saying that he was alive,” the official said.“The police also questioned the parents if the [Apollo] hospital had paid them to obtain their consent for organ donation. Intimidated and confused, the parents withdrew their consent.”

This is not the first time where ignorance pertaining to organ donation on the part of police has delayed the process which can save lives.

Refuting the allegations, Sudhakar Pathare, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 2), said the hospital staff had visited the Nerul police station without the parents. So the officer in-charge refused to issue the NOC.

Annirudh Kulkarni, organ transplant coordinator at Jupiter hospital, Thane, said, “Lack of NOCs from the police delays the entire process. While many police personnel are aware of the concept of cadaver donations, there are some pockets in the city, like the one near Apollo hospital, where the police is yet to be sensitised to this issue.”

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 23:11 IST